Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Two Hundred and Ninety Fourth...

Number Two Hundred and Ninety Four:

Home, Breakfast, Cereal

Going on day 4 with no power. Yes, I want to restore sanity! (Note background poster.) Last night we went to the store since our awesome neighbors are still letting us mooch a line of electricity to keep the fridge going. We bought some milk for cereal so I won't have to endure that nasty fast foodness anymore! Somewhat back to normal, I suppose! It was a little chilly this morning, so the shower was extra special....

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Two Hundred and Ninety Third...

Number Two Hundred Ninety Three:

Office, Breakfast, Biscuit

I think I have reached that age of awareness in my life where eating a sausage biscuit with egg from McDonalds is not tasty and breakfast worthy, but rather gross. Since we still have no electricity at home, and we're trying to make do with the one cord we have coming in from our nice neighbors who do have it, meals have been dodgy. Can I save the receipt for this greasy nastiness and bill Dominion Power?

By the way, Lisa Crisman, a librarian pal, sent me this:
Too funny!

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Two Hundred and Ninety Second...

Number Two Hundred and Ninety Two:
Office, Breakfast, Granola Bar

Still no power at the house, so uploading a Napkin Moustache gets tricky. Might have to do them at work till we get back online. In the meantime, driving to work with all the traffic lights out is a bitch. Also, pay no attention to the date on the calender, I just haven't torn it to the correct day!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Two Hundred and Ninety First...

Number Two Hundred and Ninety One:
Home, Breakfast, Eggs

The day after Hurricane Irene came through; sunny, calm, getting warmer. Lisa & I picked up sticks, limbs and lawn stuff from the garage. We still have no power, probably won't get it a while (I hope I am wrong), being that we are part of a small row of houses that have no electricity, many around us have it, the retirement home has it, that usually means we are probably screwed. Our awesome neighbors who do have power have given us an outlet to at least keep the small fridge cold, so that's something. I know there is way worse out there so....

Anyway, WRIR rocks. Last night, we had the radio on, searching the dial through the evening for ANY updated weather reports. The only one that was doing effectively was WRIR.

I swear, we tried all over -AM, FM - nothing but people either calling in about downed trees or political pundits trying to blame someone for nature. We roll in on our little LP-FM at the moment they were telling us where the storm was, what the conditions were and what numbers to call. And it was happeneing frequently enough to be awesome. As far as I am concerned, WRIR 97.3 is the GO TO station in a weather emergency, thanks WRIR!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Two Hundred and Ninetieth...

Number Two Hundred and Ninety:

Home, Breakfast, Weather

A quick 'stache in case our power goes out, the beginning moments of Hurricane Irene, sure to screw up the city for a while in some form or the other. It still didn't keep the Lakeside Farmers' Market from trying to be open. I was hoping to get bacon but wound up with potatoes and some lemon bread. Then snacks from the CVS across the parking lot. Maybe I will upgrade 290 if the power is still on an I do something clever, maybe not!

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Two Hundred and Eighty Ninth...

Number Two Hundred and Eighty Nine:

Mekong, Dinner, Spicy Crispy Chicken

So in lieu of Mekong's month-long anniversary party every Thursday (I went to one, but was too non-crowd oriented to do the rest), Lisa and I went tonight. A funny thing over the past month or so, when we go to Mekong we have been seeing Mr. Jazz and Mrs. Jazz pretty much every time. Sometimes we would sit at the bar with them and chat it up. Always a good time when chatting and drinking with them. Tonight was one of those nights. After drinking some fine Great Divide 16th Anniversary on tap and some dinner, I took this seek and find 'stache. Mr. Jazz was naturally dubious, thought I was a crazy dude, "It's your thing, man, do what you wanna do." I guess a guy like that will never understand the absurdity of this blog, doesn't have time for that, but then I took another one with him in it and he was all smiles. And as I draw toward number 300 soon, that may well be one of the missions of this blog was about ultimately, to bring some absurd humor to anyone that might read it. Jazzstache!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Two Hundred and Eighty Eighth...

Number Two Hundred and Eighty Eight:
Trak's, Lunch, Gyro

Delicious Gyro with a side of hummus please. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Two Hundred and Eighty Seventh...

Number Two Hundred and Eighty Seven:

Home, Dinner, Pizza, Leftovers

Grabbed a leftover slice of pizza on the way out the door to meet Noah Scalin and Beth Brown regarding the Richmond Macabre book. (By the way, available at the Barnes & Noble website for early order now!) We had limited screen prints made of the cover, so we numbered and Noah signed them this evening. We listened to some old awesome 78s on a Victrola. Awesome! Oh, I guess I haven't shown the cover of the book on this blog yet:

So great!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Two Hundred and Eighty Sixth...

Number Two Hundred and Eighty Six:

Home, Dinner, Pizza

So yeah, the east coast of the United States had it's worst quake in the past century, 5.8 on the scale. I was in the office, just like I was for the 2003 quake, when it happened. Justin, our part timer, and I kind of looked at each other as the quake lasted at least 10 seconds. It was a little unsettling. Speaking of natural disasters, that made me want to come home and immediately cut the grass in preparation for this hurricane Irene that is suppose to hit us, maybe knocking power out, and bringing tons of rain --best get the grass done now. So if it happens and we're OUT of internet for a few days, I have a NO POST excuse!

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Two Hundred and Eighty Fifth...

Number Two Hundred and Eighty Five:

Home, Dinner, Pasta

Nothing like a little pasta, homemade cucumber salad and Antiques Roadshow on a Monday to get the week started!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Two Hundred and Eighty Fourth...

Number Two Hundred and Eighty Four:
Godfrey's, Brunch, Quesadilla

It was our friend Chris' birthday party and Wendy planned a spectacular surprise. Chris thought only a couple of people were joining them for the Drag Brunch at Godfrey's, but Wendy really planned for nearly 40 of us to be there! Talk about a good time. I have been to three now, but several people we were with had never been before, so it was always great to see the newbies getting indoctrinated with Drags. The food was meh, but the booze were fine as well as the Queens. I know I HAD to get a stache with one, but how? Ceci had her idea, but I had my own. I had to get it WHILE getting the mini private dance. Jenny Jusell took the photo (contributor!) while the Liza routine rolled on. I slapped the stache on and she came up to me, did her sexy bit, then innocently asked, "What am I supposed to do with this?" HAHAHAHAHAHA! Like was it some kind of freak-O kink or what!?? Classic! I just said something like, "don't worry about it" and she went on with her foxy stuff! Hilarious! And OH LOOK, here is Ceci, from afar doing HER stache idea, a dollar bill stache! She gets credit!

Guilty party (l-r): Ceci, Stephanie, Birthday Boy, Wendy

So what better thing to call it than: Dragstache!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Two Hundred and Eighty Third...

Number Two Hundred and Eighty Three:
Avalon, Dinner, Cous Cous

Lisa and I were supposed to meet one of her old pals from library grad school and his family who were en route returning from their beach trip at Mekong. Unfortunately, there are way too many people on this planet travelling on I-95 North, so we got the call that they would be held up in NC somewhere for the evening. Lisa & I had some rewards coupon at Avalon, so we shifted gears. Had a really great cous cous there, followed by this swell Napstache! On a side note, there were a lot of dummies in flip-flops at the joint for dinner.

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Two Hundred and Eighty Second...

Number Two Hundred and Eighty Two:
Home, Dinner, Fajitas

Some exciting things today. No, I'm not talking about the 1 billion sneezes and nose blows due to allergies, I am referring the release of our book Richmond Macabre! Beth picked up the limited prints of the cover by Noah Scalin today, and they look phenomenal! I already want 5!!! We met with the event / education coordinator for The Poe Museum, as well as the curator and one of the contributors who happens to work there. The museum was more than happy to host our Book Release! So great! Sunday, October 2nd, 4-6PM. And, to put the cherry on the kick butt sundae, they also want us at the Poe Memorial Service (Death-a-versary) later in the week on Thursday, October 6th from 6-9PM. We hope to have lots of our contributors around to read and sign copies of the book at both the events. Feels like things are off to a great start!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Two Hundred and Eighty First...

Number Two Hundred and Eighty One:
Panera, Lunch, Salad

Gina told me I had just missed the guy handing food to his grandparents in the next booth over through the opening from the kitchen waiting area. Ah well!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Two Hundred and Eightieth...

Number Two Hundred and Eighty:

Chick-fil-A, Lunch, Sandwich

Nice to get an office day, which means the routine fried chicken on a bun thing. I tried watching anime on Netflix, maybe find a new series for Lisa and I, but then I got caught up in doing actual work things. Such is the way when eating lunch at your desk! Blah!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Two Hundred and Seventy Ninth...

Number Two Hundred and Seventy Nine:
Home, Dinner, Pizza

The Lundy-Ryans came over for pizza then we went to Bow-Tie to see a movie. First, we thought the joint would be less crowded, for a Tuesday, like who goes to see a flick on a Tuesday night! Boy, we were wrong! They actually have a 6 dollar movie special for cardholders or whatever, so it was pretty crowded.

This napstache is like a cowboystache, maybe "stick em up stache" --I dunno. And despite my best efforts to make the movie some parable about invading foreign lands for their precious resources, I still had to go for what the damn thing actually was; Cowboys and Aliens. I give it a C+. SOMEONE in the special effects department really had a fun time with the Cremora Fireball effect.

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Two Hundred and Seventy Eighth...

Number Two Hundred and Seventy Eight:

Home, Dinner, Burger

Monday evenings can be richly rewarding. After a good yoga class by a beginning instructor (subbing for our regular awesome instructor, Iffet, but still does very well for just starting!), going home for burgers on the grill and some Jeopardy! makes it nice! Usually after a good yoga class it's a great feeling just to sit in front of the boob tube and chill, especially since this is pretty much the only night we watch television programs; Antiques Roadshow, anyone?

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Two Hundred and Seventy Seventh...

Number Two Hundred and Seventy Seven:

Coppola's Deli, Lunch, South Bronx Club

Dang fine sandwich. Even the 5 year old that walked in with his dad and said, "Mmmm, smells like sandwiches!" would agree.
Rock on, kid!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Two Hundred and Seventy Sixth...

Number Two Hundred and Seventy Six:

Our friend Greg turns 40! So he had a party tonite, we got to hang out at his house, eat tacos, drink beers, watch people play badminton by lamplight and hear a lousy cover band next door, where another person was having a birthday party too! Good times! Incidentally, that is Ceci looking like some kind of J-ghost in the background.

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Two Hundred and Seventy Fifth...

Number Two Hundred and Seventy Five:
Busch Gardens, Rollercoaster - Apollo's Chariot

At my Mom's suggestion, I wasn't even really planning on taking the camera today, I took a napstache on a rollercoaster!


Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Two Hundred and Seventy Fourth...

Number Two Hundred and Seventy Four:

Athens Tavern, Dinner, Athens Chicken

Great day today. First, Beth Brown comes by my work and delivers two proof copies of our Richmond Macabre book. We high five the awesomeness. Check out the newly vamped website! Then it was a good day on the road, one of my favorites on the Bookmobile.

Well, you could throw the rocks in the glass, sit back and enjoy the bourbon and say that was a good day, but wait there is more! Hope and I then attended this terrific program called Shop Class, a week to week run of artistic endeavor, helping you create, listen and do more than sit around waiting for the next season of WHATEVER to come on the T.V. Ours was with Noah Scalin, natch. One of our pre-assignments was to bring a bag full of stuff that you were either going to recycle, throw out or give to the thrift store. It was really great for Hope to see Noah give his talk about creating something 365 Days, and creativity in general. I saw her head working things out while listening. That's good.

After his brief talk, he told us we had to quickly think of something we wanted to create. Hope chose a snake, I chose a house. Then we had about an hour to create 30 of them with any of the junk on the tables. It was fantastic to see 30 people frantically and creatively make their idea in so many different ways, eventually tearing things apart to create them. After we created each one, we then took a digital picture of it (for an optional Flickr share later), then moved on, letting people either destroy it to make their project or to reuse the materials for something else. Pretty soon people were leaving the work tables and all over the place, using items not from the piles, creative juices flowing, Noah encouraging, various people photographing.

One of Hope's snakes. The chairs! Awesome!

One of my houses. With garage, trophy wife, lawn gnome.

Afterwards, and Hope and I only did 16 each --one person made 52! -- we all talked about the inspirations and how we could use it in our lives. Very awesome energy! Great art series!

Then to top off the evening, we went to Athens. Swell day!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

the Two Hundred and Seventy Third...

Number Two Hundred and Seventy Three:

Home, Breakfast, Eggs

In June, we attended a showing of Kenneth Close's display at Quirk Gallery. We had the opportunity to buy the pieces as well; some great argyle color with various spaceship cutouts from 60s magazines. As soon as I saw this one in the gallery, I was all smitten on how it would look in the record room with some of the mid-century space album art we have on the wall. Alas, when we tried to put it there after picking it up last week, it didn't quite fit, due to the lovely aqua color. We did, however, find an even better place for it, in the kitchen nook near the vintage aqua clock! Lisa would like to aqua the whole kitchen, I am cool with that if we can get more cool stuff like this!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Two Hundred and Seventy Second...

Number Two Hundred and Seventy Two:

Home, Dinner, Nachos

Grilled some frozen hamburgers, crumbled the meat, then broiled some cheese on chips, Lisa's homemade salsa from our tomatoes and damn! A nice and different meal! Do you ever get in a meal rut when you feel like you just make the same thing all the time? Now I do LIKE the stuff I make all the time, but adding a little variety is always a welcome change of pace. And hell, the kid even liked it, like really liked it, not act like she liked it liked it. I think.

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Two Hundred and Seventy First...

Number Two Hundred and Seventy One:
Home, Dinner, Lasagna

Carbon copy of dinner last night. This picture looks like some 50s sci-fi crazy or something but it is actually just a shot up of the chandelier in our family room that neither of us are particularly fond of. Looks cool like this though!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Two Hundred and Seventieth...

Number Two Hundred and Seventy:

Home, Dinner, Lasagna

That's right! Lasagna! I don't care that the heat index is 102! Lasagna was the mood, eating it was the action. Lasagnastache!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Two Hundred and Sixty Ninth...

Number Two Hundred and Sixty Nine:

Book Party, Dinner, Tacos, Nate's Taco Truck

Our friend Brian Burns had his book party today! He spent two years working on this book about Lewis Ginter, one of Richmond's Gilded Age philanthropists and Northside neighborhood founder. Brian and his partner Judd did an unveiling of the cover, Brian read a bit of it, followed by a book signing. The Humes' graciously hosted at their place, and Nate's Taco Truck fed us. There were a lot of interesting people at the party: former library staff from my job, lots of neighborhood people, some radio people and Joe Morrissey. Good solid time for sure. Let's call this one Ginterstache!

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Two Hundred and Sixty Eighth...

Number Two Hundred and Sixty Eight:
Home, Tomatoes

Lisa was making a little tomato salad to go with dinner tonight, I did this. These are from our garden, they kind have an eyeball appeal! Eyeballs Eyeballs Eyeballs!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Two Hundred and Sixty Seventh...

Number Two Hundred and Sixty Seven:
Chicken Fiesta, Lunch, Nachos

I can't stop listening to Black Moth Super Rainbow's Dandelion Gum CD; such a great summer album. All song lyrics, while dark at times, deal with sunshine and sunlight and flowers, etc. --all vocodered up and with a nice tempo. Electric deliciousness. Rad, they even have a reissue with more tunes! YES!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Two Hundred and Sixty Sixth...

Number Two Hundred and Sixty Six:

Home, Breakfast, Eggs

The final Paint By Numbers napstache series! Ha! You thought I forgot! I think this is the final one, unless we get something new from a thrift store. This is a great find Lisa managed to score years ago, before collecting this was cool. The Last Supper, took the guy about 6 months to do in the late sixties. After having it framed he even put the information on the back:

I am doing my best "Thomas" in this one. Anyway, this is proudly displayed in our home, not so much for the religious connotation, maybe a lean to the master Da Vinci work, but definitely because it looks swell in our Fungalow!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Two Hundred and Sixty Fifth...

Number Two Hundred and Sixty Five:

Snack, National Night Out, Root beer Float

Lisa and I rode our bikes to dinner at Tastebuds, sitting at the bar thinking that NNO would draw hoards of people to the restaurants on MacArthur and we would be lucky just to be able to eat. We got there pretty early, and it wasn't very crowded, but we still had a great time talking with the owner and enjoying our dinner. Afterward we popped out into the street and saw this going on; the free ice cream and floats, the Mayor's police entourage, the people milling about and chatting it up. Not that I am a big NNO fan, I mean yes, it's absolutely great and although the mascot is a little doofy it is a great way to bring people together in the community.

By the way, 265! 100 more to do!

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Two Hundred and Sixty Fourth...

Number Two Hundred and Sixty Four:

Home, Dinner, Beef tomato pita awesomeness

On the way to yoga this evening, Lisa and I went to finish up our lists for the Summer Reading Club. Not only did we get the satisfaction of completing the form requirement, and entered into the drawing for a 100 dollar gift card, but we also got some swell bags for finishing! Who knew!

Libraries Rock!